Why Dentures: Your Options for Tooth Replacement
Lets face it, The idea of removing teeth and getting dentures/partials is not fun. We all would rather be spending our hard earned money on grandchildren, vacation or hobbies. No one likes the sound of dentures and with good reason. The denture itself is designed to be bulky, and uncomfortable. It covers the roof of your mouth, lessing your ability to taste and talk properly. The concept behind the bulk is that it has enough material to hug and hang onto the tissue for suction. This is what allows an upper denture to stay in but what about a lower denture? The lower denture is a horseshoe shaped object that moves and floats. Even with adhesive, most find it almost impossible to chew while trying to keep it in and functioning with it. A denture will only give approximately 30% of your original biting force back. Having dentures lessens your ability to chew through certain foods and ends up restricting your diet.
On the plus side, dentures are better than nothing and can have an improved sense of well being and confidence on someone’s health and appearance.
In our opinion dentures are just a stepping stone to get someone the smile they wish for and deserve. We create a better overall outcome and patient experience by providing the patient with all the information needed to make an educated choice.
Dentures with Implants
Dentures with implant were designed to be a solution for patient struggling with dentures or any need for full arch or mouth dentistry. When an implant is added to the bone it does several things. One, it holds the bone. This means less relines because the bone will stabilize around the implants. Two, the abutments and housing within the dentures provide extra strength and actually improve your ability to chew food. Increasing your original biting force to almost 80%. Third, The dentures are held in by the implants giving better function and comfort and less need for adhesive. The force from chewing is now shared but the implants and tissue. We do this by placing implants into the bone and burying them. It takes approximately 3-6 months for implants to integrate. Your remain in a temporary set until integration is complete. After which, you are ready to move into a final set. Please see appointment list for an outline of upcoming appointments.